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Mariners' McClendon: We have to be careful with Carson Smith
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) If you take a quick look at Mariners rookie reliever Carson Smith's numbers, you can make the easy conclusion he is having a pretty good season. He is 1-2 with a 1.17 ERA and 0.74 WHIP in 24 outings. He also has 28 strikeouts to just five walks in 23 innings.

With closer Fernando Rodney struggling, Smith appears to be a potential option to step into the closer's role, if manager Lloyd McClendon were to make a change. However, if that were to happen, it doesn't appear Smith would be his first choice.

“We have to be careful with him, particularly with his innings," McClendon said, per The News Tribune. "Particularly with back-to-back-to-back (situations). I’m not sure if he can do that. I think his velocity goes down quite a bit.

“He doesn’t yet have his man muscles. He needs to mature and continue to develop. He’s doing a nice job, but I think part of him doing a nice job is the fact we’ve put him in positions where he can be successful. When you’re a closer, you don’t have that (luxury). It is what it is, and you’ve got to go in and get it done.”


Nationals CF Denard Span returns to lineup on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:41 pm ET) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is back in the starting lineup for Wednesday's tilt against the Blue Jays. Span missed both games of Tuesday's doubleheader due to knee soreness, but he's good to go for Wednesday.

Span is returning to center field and his normal perch at the top of the Nationals' lineup. His return will move Michael Taylor back to a bench role for Wednesday's contest.


Marlins LF Christian Yelich gets a day off on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:35 pm ET) Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich is getting a day off for the first time in 10 games, as he is being held out of Wednesday;s lineup against the Cubs. In those 10 games, Yelich is batting an even .300 (12 for 40) with a double and a home run.

Ichiro Suzuki will get the start in left to spell Yelich on Wednesday. 


McClendon continues to stand behind Fernando Rodney as M's closer
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Once again, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon stood behind veteran closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday after he suffered his third blown save Tuesday against the Yankees. The right-hander has a 6.85 ERA through 23 appearances.

"The fact is he’s our closer," McClendon said, per The News Tribune. "We need him. We’re going to need him to be successful.

“I think people talk very lightly about changing closers. That’s fine, but you’ve got to have someone to do it. You don’t just throw anybody into the ninth inning and say, `Well, let him do it.' The old adage that anybody can do it…that’s just not the case.”

Rookie Carson Smith is enjoying a nice start to his career, but McClendon isn't even close to linking his name as a potential option for the closer's role, if Rodney continues to struggle.

“We have to be careful with him,” McClendon said, “particularly with his innings. Particularly with back-to-back-to-back (situations). I’m not sure if he can do that. I think his velocity goes down quite a bit.

“He doesn’t yet have his man muscles. He needs to mature and continue to develop. He’s doing a nice job, but I think part of him doing a nice job is the fact we’ve put him in positions where he can be successful. When you’re a closer, you don’t have that (luxury). It is what it is, and you’ve got to go in and get it done.”


Pirates RP Radhames Liz clears waivers, out-righted to Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:25 pm ET) After being designated for assignment on May 25, Pirates right-hander Radhames Liz has cleared waivers and has been sent out-right to Triple-A Indianapolis, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune

Liz was removed from the roster to clear a spot for Charlie Morton, who was coming back from the disabled list. Liz made 11 relief appearances for the Pirates this season, recording a 3.63 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. 


A's pitcher Drew Pomeranz activated from 15-day disabled list
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:05 pm ET) The Athletics have officially activated left-hander Drew Pomeranz from the 15-day disabled list, the team announced on Wednesday. Pomeranz was expected to re-join the team Wednesday after spending two weeks on the DL with shoulder inflammation.

To clear room on the 25-man roster, the team optioned pitcher Arnold Leon to Triple-A Nashville.


Royals C Salvador Perez not in Wednesday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Royals catcher Salvador Perez will be held out of Wednesday's lineup against the Indians, the team announced.

Perez left Tuesday's contest after taking a foul tip off his face mask. Drew Butera will start at catcher and bat ninth. Butera is hitting .182 in 33 at-bats this season.

The Royals are the underdogs (+130) against the Indians on Wednesday.


Nationals option CF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) The Nationals optioned center fielder Matt den Dekker down to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Den Dekker earned just two at-bats in a span of four games in the majors. He owns a .230/.299/.289 slash line with one home run, 16 RBI in 152 at-bats with the Chiefs.

Rockies send down David Hale to Triple-A Albuquerque
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) The Rockies optioned David Hale down to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, per the team's official website. Hale posted a 4.26 ERA in two starts (12 2/3 innings). 

Kris Negron replaces Marlon Byrd in lineup on Wednesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(2:48 pm ET) Kris Negron is in the lineup for the Reds' matchup against the Phillies on Wednesday. Negron is batting sixth and starting in left field for manager Bryan Price.

Negron is getting the start in left with Marlon Byrd out after being hit by a pitch in his wrist on Tuesday.

This will be Negron's first start since May 26. He's hitting just .119 this season, but has provided the Reds with lots of versatility, having played every position except pitcher and catcher this season. 


 
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